Chlorhexidine

Chlorhexidine dental implant

What is chlorhexidine dental implant?
CHLORHEXIDINE dental implant (PerioChip®) is used as an antibiotic in the treatment of adult periodontitis. Periodontitis is a swelling and/or break down of mouth tissues and bones, which may cause gums to recede and loosen teeth. These implants release anantiseptic, chlorhexidine, to prevent and treat infections and to help heal the pockets.

What should my health care professional know before I have chlorhexidine dental implants?
They need to know if you have any of the following conditions:

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to chlorhexidine, especially skin antiseptics
  • other gum or dental problems

How is this medication used?
Your dentist will place the chlorhexidine dental implants into the pockets or sores in your gums. Up to 8 implants may be placed at one time.

What if I miss a dose?
You will need to see your dentist in 3 months after the dental implant is placed. It is important to see your dentist at this time because more implants may be needed to heal the pockets.

What drug(s) may interact with chlorhexidine dental implants?
You may eat any type of food you wish after the placement of the implants. Almost no chlorhexidine is taken-up by your body after the implants are placed. The implants should not interact with any other medications you are taking.

Tell your prescriber or other health care professional about all other medicines, nutritional supplements, herbal and non-prescription medicines you are taking. Check before stopping or starting any of your medicines.

What side effects may I notice after placement of chlorhexidine dental implants?
Side effects that you should report to your prescriber or other health care professional as soon as possible:
Rare or uncommon

  • shortness of breath
  • severe pain or swelling
  • if the implant comes out
  • rash
  • hives

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your prescriber or other health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • mouth, tooth or gum tenderness, aching, throbbing or soreness
  • headache

What do I need to watch for after chlorhexidine dental implant placement?
You may notice some mild to moderate pain and sensitivity after the placement of the implant. This should go away after the first week. If pain or swelling continue; call your dentist or other health care professional right away.

You should avoid flossing at the spot of the implant for 10 days. Continue to brush your teeth as normal.

You do not have to avoid any foods after the placement of the dental implant.

Rarely, the implants may come out. If one should come out, call your dentist or other health care professional right away.

The implants do not need to be removed. They will dissolve after a week or so.

Where can I keep my medication?
Chlorhexidine dental implants are available only through your dentist. Your dentist will place the inserts.

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Revision date: June 22, 2011
Last revised: by Sebastian Scheller, MD, ScD

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